Tag Archive: Wedding Inspiration

Oct 31 2014

Wedding Inspiration: How To Find Your Perfect Scent

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I am such a lover of fragrances, I really do love how certain smells bring back memories, so when it came to my wedding day I knew that I wanted a new scent, something special and romantic, and ideally a fragrance that would conjure up memories of my wedding day for years to come.

Quite a hard task for a scent, especially as I wanted something new and I seem to have added a lot to my collection over the years. I asked a lot of my friends what they did on their wedding day and quite a few just used their favourite scent rather than a new one, but I do love the idea of a fragrance that represents the joy, happiness and love of a wedding day.

There are lots of gorgeous options out there, from the classic Christian Dior J’adore, the fun Dolce & Gabbana Dolce, as well as the sweet Marc Jacobs Lola, and the romantic Carven Le Parfum, which is my current go-to scent. I also loved Stella McCartney, Victor and Rolf Flowerbomb, Elie Saab Le Parfum, Giorgio Armani Code, and you have to try Oscar de la Renta’s Something Blue, which can be your scent as well as your something blue.

In the end it was a hard choice but I think I have found a winner in Chloé, I just fell in love with its romantic rose scent, as well as the hint of peonies and lychee. It just has an effortless chic about it, simply yet still sexy and luxurious, and as soon as I tried it I knew it was the one. The fact that the bottle is exquisite just made it even easier to commit. I really can’t wait to wear this beautiful scent on my wedding day.

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I kind of stumbled upon my wedding scent, after trying nearly ever fragrance in the store, so to make it a little easier for you I spoke to the experts at The Perfume Shop for the top tips on selecting the ultimate scent:

  • Perfume is individual, each scent is different to different people. As a conductor of our senses, everyone’s skin reacts differently to others! It is therefore important to spray the perfume on your skin rather than on a blotter and leave it to settle.
  • Everyone wants their perfume to be long-lasting and whilst EDP last longer on the skin than EDT, consider layering with body lines such as lotions and shower gels.
  • EDP gives a stronger scent so is perfect for evening occasions whilst an EDT is great for everyday use where it will be sprayed multiple times throughout the day.
  • There are other pulse points than just your wrists and neck. Try spraying behind the knees, the ears or in the hollow of your arms.
  • As winter approaches it is important to remember that scents vary from season to season. Scent does not usually last as long in cooler months as the skin is not as hydrated. Opt for a heavier scent during the winter.

Good luck on finding your wedding scent and leave me a message below with what you went for.

I can’t believe I get married in 4 days!!!

Oct 30 2014

Wedding Inspiration: Brides In Glasses

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I have loved every minute of planning my wedding, which if you care is now less than a week away and there are only two more sleeps until I jet off to New York, but the one thing that has come up a lot is the question of whether I would be wearing my glasses on my big day, which I hope you will be pleased to find out – yes I will be!!!

Whether it was at a wedding dress appointment, picking out lipstick colours, or even just looking at venues, the amount of times I was asked if I was would be wearing my glasses was a little frustrating. What was even more annoying was the sad, pity look I got each and every time I said “of course, why wouldn’t I?”.

Why is it so weird for brides to wear glasses, are we less attractive just because we have poor eyesight? I thought the whole point about your wedding day was to look the most beautiful version of yourself, and to me if you wear glasses, I don’t understand why you wouldn’t want to rock a cute pair of frames. With the amount of times I was asked, it even made me wonder if I should try out contact lenses but thankfully my wonderful future husband said he loved me in my glasses and encouraged me to look for the perfect frame.

I can totally understand why many brides choose to either opt for contact lenses or even go blind for the photographs as there is a bit of pressure to be a princess bride, even Princess Mia had her glasses snapped in half by her stylist in her ugly duckling to beauty stunner transformation. But I really wanted to let other brides-to-be out there who are considering ditching their trusty frames to consider that your glasses are part of your beauty.

Don’t get me wrong I still sometimes get self conscious about wearing glasses, I am a girl after all it and it wouldn’t be normal not to fret sometimes about my appearance, but I have come to the conclusion that I don’t really look myself without my glasses. Plus I saw my wedding as opportunity to add another great set of frames to my collection, glasses are like bags you can never have too many.

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So when it came to choosing my glasses I knew that I would need to not only love them but also love wearing them with my wedding gowns, so I turned to Glasses Direct and their fab seven-day trial.

I first thought I wanted something clear, I think it was because I had everyone telling me not to wear them that I was thinking clear frames would make them some how invisible, they don’t, they just made me look weird. Clear frames totally work well as sunglasses but as opticals it just didn’t work for me. So in the end I decided to go for ones to match my hair as I really didn’t want to wear black frames on my wedding day.

The best advice I can give is go for frame shapes that you wear regularly, are comfortable in, and what suits your face, rather than what you think will work with your style. As I am wearing a vintage wedding gown it made me think vintage-inspired winged specs would be a good idea, instead it was an instant no, which I was so gutted about as I had found the most amazing glitter Miu Miu pair.

I finally settled on brown, a great shade for glasses as there are so many options to choose from, which made adding just four sets into my Glasses Direct home trial very difficult. So I went for similar shaped frames ranging in size, from the oversized Jil Sander beauties like a pair I wear everyday to the smaller, delicate looking Jones New York style, which just felt so good on and having our wedding location in the name just made them a complete winner.

I then wore all four frames with my gowns to see which one I prefered, which one enhanced my beauty, and I have to say the delicate Jones New York pair won out, which totally surprised me as I don’t normally like such small frames but they really did work perfectly and I can’t wait to wear them next week and become a bride in glasses.

If you are a bride-to-be wrestling with the idea of wearing your glasses or not, why not go for a free seven-day trial and see if the frames you love go with your dress and wedding vision, I bet you will be surprised by how much more like yourself you look.

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For more inspiration, or to just gush at gorgeous brides in glasses check out my Pinterest board, aptly named ‘Brides In Glasses’, which I promise that I will keep on adding to after I am married as I would love to see more beautiful women feeling confident enough to rock their favourite frames.

Follow Fashionista Barbie Danielle Wightman-Stone’s board Brides In Glasses on Pinterest.

[Pics: Top image – via vintagebrides.tumblr.com // all others Fashionista Barbie]

Sep 02 2014

Wedding: Angelina Jolie Marries In Atelier Versace

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I love a celebrity wedding, seeing what they wore, where they held the reception, but I love it even more when they go ahead and surprise us and get married without anyone knowing like Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt did last month.

Since the news that they wed at Château Miraval, the couple’s home in France, I think everyone has been dying to see what Angie wore down the aisle. I think most like me were expecting a lacy Elie Saab creation, but when I heard that the actress had turned to Donatella Versace I have to admit I wasn’t surprised as she does favour the Italian label on the red carpet.

As you would expect Angie was a vision in her gown that was a little more traditional than I expected, it did have a twist though, as the custom-made white silk-satin Atelier Versace gown and veil was detailed with embroidered drawings from her six children, to really make it a family affair.

People and Hello have the exclusive to the wedding, which was attended by just 20 friends and family members, and each child played a key role in the wedding from Zahara and Vivienne being flower girls to Maddox and Pax walking their mum down the aisle, and Shiloh and Knox served as ring bearers. It sounds so cute.

What are you thoughts on Angelina Jolie’s Atelier Versace wedding gown?

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[Pics: Versace/People Magazine/Hello]

Aug 06 2014

Wedding Inspiration: 5 Wedding-Worthy Braids

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I have a great hairdresser in Carol at Toni & Guy in Cambridge who has been trying out new things with my hair each time I go and get my hair cut. We’ve tried a crown of braids, relaxed curls, and this cute side braid pictured above. I have liked them all, but they aren’t quite right, the only thing I am certain of is that I want braids, I don’t know why I just love that they are romantic and princess-like, and seriously what more could you want on your wedding.

It is because of my obsession of braids and the search for the perfect wedding style that I now have a Pinterest board dedicated to them and I am addicted to going through one-million strong Instagram account @InstaBraid, which you can probably guess is all about braids.

They’ve posted nearly 2,000 times so it is hard to choose just five wedding-worthy styles, but I think you will agree all these beautiful braids would look amazing on a bride. I think I am going to need a few more hair styling sessions with my hairdresser before I can commit to the perfect braid.

Do you like to see brides rocking braids on their wedding day?





Jun 17 2014

My Wedding: The Invites Have Gone Out

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My wedding is in less than 5 months away, November really is coming around quick, it feels like only last week that I got engaged and only yesterday that I found my perfect wedding dress, and one of the most stressful elements of the planning has definitely been the invites so it feels great to share them on here now that they have been sent out as I really am so pleased with how they came out.

As soon as we set a date for a wedding I feared that my one major stress would be the invites, as all I had seen in magazines were very traditional and not very “us” designs, and I had a specific idea in mind – a New York skyline, a pop of colour and funky, bold font – not asking too much hey.

I have to be honest, it wasn’t easy finding exactly what I wanted, it took hours on Etsy finding the right designer and hours of tweaking to make invite just right. I found it one of the most stressful parts so far in my wedding planning as I just knew how important the invites were in setting the tone and style of our wedding – non-traditional and fun.

Like with most brides-to-be I started with a Pinterest board, I pinned all my ideas from images of the New York skyline to represent where we are actually getting married to pantone colours that worked together, I really wanted yellow as when I think NY I think of yellow cabs, and most importantly various fonts and layouts. I found it the easiest way to organise all my ideas, ask my fiancé which elements he liked before tracking down someone to design our invite.

Etsy was recommended early on to me by a friend as a great place to find a wedding invite designer as I knew that I would need to go for something custom to get all the elements I would want. My friends wasn’t wrong, Etsy really is filled with amazing talents, what she didn’t warn me was how addictive it is, how many options there are, and that I would spend a week, many enquiries and rejections before I came across the amazing work of JPress Designs, who made the creation of my invite design so simple and stress-free.

Based in America, Susan founder of JPress Designs really took all the elements I was after, an illustration of the New York skyline, the colour pop of the yellow, which when printed came out perfectly, and really worked the oversized font I was after with something a little more romantic for a wedding. What made this invite perfect was that when our friends and family received it they really felt that it conveyed both Paul and I’s personalities, which is something I really wanted to achieve.

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With how much stress and searching it took to get the custom design sorted I thought I would have a nightmare sorting the printing, as I really wanted high quality paper and somewhere that didn’t insist on every wedding invite to need a fold, what is so wrong with flat invites? It wasn’t actually as scary as I thought when I discovered Printed.com and its amazing Wedding Collection, which basically offers you everything you might need from the invites to tiny RSVP cards to menus, table plans, thank you cards, and even belly bands and cute stickers. It is basically a one-stop shop for all your wedding stationery needs.

The hardest part about Printed.com has to be choosing what you want, from the size of invite to the type of paper to the finishing touches like what colour envelope and whether you actually need those cute stickers, which in my opinion of course you do!!! The paper was the most important factor for me and I have to be honest I know nothing about paper types except what I like and what I don’t, thankfully Printed.com supply a free sample pack for stroking tests, that’s how I decided upon Tintoretto Gesso, the hammered luxury feel of this paper blended perfectly with the vibrant yellow and grey detailing of the invites.

I know I am biased, they are my invites designed in my vision, but I think my wedding stationery is pretty special and I am so pleased with how they came out. Everything from the oversized postcard size to the uber-tiny RSVP card and the silver ‘skyline’ envelopes really did execute what I had planned perfectly, the only element that I decided upon after finding Printed.com were the stickers, I just couldn’t resist that finishing touch.

Are you planning a wedding – let me know how your invites are taking shape?

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**Post writing in collaboration with Printed.com, for more wedding inspiration and tips check out their Wedding Hub**

 

Apr 29 2014

Cover Loving: Olivia Palermo For Brides

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Ever since Olivia Palermo released her engagement via a very well-edited and beautiful Instagram video at New Year I have been wondering how long it would take a wedding magazine to get her on the cover – well it seems Brides US has snagged the fashion icon and bride-to-be for its June/July issue.

I love Olivia’s flawless, classic-yet-eclectic style, she is a girl who knows how to mix designer and high street, I adore that she is a fan of Zara and Mango, plus she really can work an accessory – I wish I had her jewellery collection, so I have to be honest I am quite interested to see what sort of bride she will be.

The styling of this shoot is a little edgy, very non-traditional and totally fun and stylish – the cover totally sets the feel of the shoot with Olivia looking incredible wearing a strapless silk-mesh-organza Marchesa wedding dress paired with a wool-crepe Marcelo Giacobbe jacket and her signature tousled ponytail.

The look that really caught my attention though had to be ruffled blush tulle Monique Lhuillier ball gown teamed with a crisp white Brooks Brothers Oxford shirt and striking drop earrings – I love this idea for a city elopement or even a beach wedding – it is fun yet still very bridal. Her final look is a lace fit-and-flare Elie Saab wedding dress with sheer ruffle skirt and long-sleeves – another outstanding dress – it just shows that whether it is strapless, with long-sleeves or with a ball gown skirt she is going to look gorgeous on her big day. 

The socialite has been keeping tight-lipped about what she was going to actually wear down the aisle but did give the magazine some tips for brides-to-be:

“Check out the MarchesaOscar de la Renta, or Carolina Herrera shows online,” Olivia told the mag. “And even if your dream dress comes right off the rack, add your own touch. Play with colour. It’s all about the styling!”

I can’t wait to see the whole cover shoot when Brides June/July is out next month.  

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[Pics: via Brides.com]

Apr 17 2014

Wedding: My David’s Bridal Experience

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I am not one of those girls that has had my wedding dress picked out for years, but even I have fallen for the beauty of Vera Wang, but unfortunately my bank balance doesn’t appreciate the price tag. So instead of torturing myself by falling in love with a dress I couldn’t afford I went and tried on the next best thing – White by Vera Wang her affordable collection at David’s Bridal.

Since I got engaged a couple of months ago I knew that wanted to experience David’s Bridal, not only do they have Vera Wang, but they also recently launched a collection with Zac Posen, which I love, and the price is amazing. I tried on about 10 dresses and not one was over £1,200, which is amazing as nearly all the other dresses in my search have been a lot more than that.

The beauty of David’s Bridal other than the price and the designer collaborations has to be the choice available at the American retailer’s Westfield Stratford store. The rails of dresses are never-ending and filled with so many different styles, silhouettes and fabrics to basically suit any wedding – whether you are getting married in a church, outside, at a registry office, in a country hotel or on a beach – plus most dresses come in US sizes 4-30 so something for everyone.

To be honest this choice can be a little overwhelming especially when you are asked to pick out the five you like, I think I had an initial shortlist of about 20, as there is no such thing as an ugly wedding dress. But what I did love about David’s Bridal is that they offer more than just the traditional white and ivory gowns, I finally got to try on pink, grey and blush coloured gowns I have been looking for.

What I will say is the experience at David’s Bridal is different from traditional bridal boutiques, with the choice means it is less private when trying on. You do get your own personal consultant, but you also have to share the floor with other brides, I went on a Friday afternoon and there were four brides, all with family and friends, and it felt a little bit like I was under the spotlight – everyone had an opinion on the dresses I had on. Everyone was nice, but at other places it was just my Mum and I, which made it easier to critique the dresses and narrow it down.

The dresses themselves were gorgeous, I wanted to take each Vera Wang gown I wore on home they were so beautiful, the grey one, priced at £875 was one of my favourites the texture of the chiffon was perfection and so different to everything else I had tried on. The only problem with a lot of the gowns was they were nearly all strapless, a style I just didn’t want, so it does take a lot of imagination to visualise them with straps added.

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As well as falling in love with Vera Wang I also tried on the entire Zac Posen collection, because why the hell not, I love that the collection really marries traditional bridal beauty with a touch of red carpet glamour, while staying within my budget. The ballgown was divine, the detailing on the bodice was just gorgeous, but it was the fit-and-flare gown with corset detailing and the pleated tulle skirt that really took my breath away. Not only was it a great colour, I love this purple-grey shade, but I also adore the bow detailing on the back, and how it made my body look – my only wish was that I was able to sit down in it.

I have to be honest I had a great time at David’s Bridal it was such a fun experience, the variety and choice had me as giddy as a child, OK me in a candy shop, and I loved that they encourage you take pictures. I just wish it had been a little more private, it was really busy and sharing a mirror with another bride-to-be didn’t make me feel special. I also wish my assistant had more knowledge about alterations and vision about what could be changed on the dress to make it perfect for me.

If you have a limited budget, a tight deadline, and want a designer dress without the price tag then David’s Bridal will suit you, there really is something for everyone, but if you are after a more personal experience and looking to customise your gown then I think a traditional boutique might be more what you are after. But don’t discount David’s Bridal gowns just because they are a huge chain as the quality and the fashion-forward styles of the dresses really surprised me.

If only I could wear all the wedding dresses I have fallen in love with on this search!!!

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David’s Bridal, Westfield Stratford – www.davidsbridal.co.uk
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